India has defeated defending champions Pakistan in a breathtaking penalty shootout on Thursday to grasp the Asian Games Men’s Hockey final after a gap of 14 years.
India scored four goals in the shootout, with Pakistan only managing two.
Earlier, Pakistan opened the scoring a early as the third minute with Muhammad Rizwan Sr’s conveyed the boll into the spot and dominated possession thereon in.
India hit back with a goal in the 27th minute through Kothajit Singh taking the game into and goal-less extra-time, leading to a penalty shootout.
Meanwhile, India had earned a spot in the finals of the Asian Games after 12 years. The two teams have clashed in the finals of the Asian Games on eight previous occasions of which Pakistan has won 7.
India and Pakistan last met in an Asian final at New Delhi in 1982 where the Indians suffered a stunning 1-7 rout in front of their own supporters that included the then prime minister Indira Gandhi.
In Beijing in 1990 when Pakistan claimed the gold and India the silver, there was no final since the winner was decided after a round-robin league.
Pakistan had defeated Malaysia 6-5 in a semi-final that entered the penalty shoot-out stage on Tuesday to face arch-rival India in the final. India beat South Korea in the other semi-final to reach the final.
Pakistan had defeated India 2-1 earlier on in the group stages, which lifted the Green shirts to the top of the pool, sealing a place for the defending champions in the semi-finals.